Ever since container technology hit the scene in 2013, it’s generated excitement from developers and operations teams. Using containers to deliver apps and microservices helps enable large scalable deployments with smoother rollouts, accomplishing in minutes what used to take hours, if not days.
Delivering the containers themselves, however, can still be challenging to do across all types of modern infrastructure.
Now there’s something new to get excited about. At Kubecon 2019, we announced the immediate availability of JFrog Container Registry. Powered by Artifactory, the industry leader in software repository managers, JFrog Container Registry is the world’s most advanced, fully hybrid, free-to-use registry for Docker and Helm.
Why did we decide to offer this? Here are the reasons why:
Rise of the Virtual Machines
The computing ecosystem has seen the rise of containers, and Docker and Kubernetes have grown to become a full enterprise platform to customers who demand more and need scalability and monitoring. A container registry is essential in order to manage the complexity of deploying the right versions of the right apps to the right places in growing infrastructure.
But as recently as three years ago, container registries weren’t mainstream. Docker Hub was the first container registry available, yet operations managers have moved on to maintaining their own private registries that they can better control. The major cloud providers all offer container registries on their own service, such as ECR for AWS, ACR for Azure, and GCR for Google.
JFrog Artifactory has provided these abilities built-in for years. We understood early the need for developers to utilize private registries around Docker, Kubernetes, and Helm. That’s one important reason among many that Artifactory has been the market leader.
In the meantime, the use of containers continues to grow, with 38 percent of organizations planning to spend over $100K on container adoption in 2019, up from 33 percent the year before, according to a recent Container Adoption Survey. The need for a more advanced container registry solution that can help accelerate this growth is clear.
At Home In the Clouds
The need to become cloud native has been a big driver of container adoption for many organizations. A Docker image can be deployed in dozens, if not hundreds of Kubernetes clusters to quickly scale up and down as needed.
But companies also increasingly need the flexibility to operate both in the cloud and on-prem, or even multicloud or on a hybrid infrastructure. If you need to keep container registries in any combination of these, there are few good choices available.
JFrog has always believed you should be able to run your tools on whatever infrastructure you need to, without sacrificing features. JFrog Container Registry is built on this philosophy as well and is the only free-to-use container registry that is fully hybrid.
With JFrog Container Registry, we aim to bring together community, developers, and partners on the expanding journey of Docker and Helm, strengthening the technology that supports containers and Kubernetes.
Making JFrog Container Registry free to use is a vital part of that effort, to empower more of the community to deliver great software as containers. No license fees are ever required, and our SaaS offering includes a free tier as well, although your use may be subject to consumption and transfer charges from the cloud services provider.
For JFrog, this is a new leg of our exciting container flight, and we’d like you to come aboard. We’re experienced pilots, and know how to navigate the terrain. If your project relies on containers, then JFrog Container Registry should be part of it, helping you soar through cloud, multicloud, hybrid, and on into the future.